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  • Audio CD (4 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: BGO
  • ASIN: B001U7B4WA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,386 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pride of Man
2. Light Your Windows
3. Dino's Song
4. Gold and Silver
5. Too Long
6. Fool

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First album from this San Francisco band. Guitarist John Cipollina and singer Dino Valente were the original driving creative force behind the group. Unfortunately Valente was jailed for drugs and rejoined the band later, not featuring on this album. The band went on to have a recording career throughout the 1970s with an unchanging lineup. Digitally remastered and slipcased, and with extensive new notes.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn VINE VOICE on 4 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
QMS' debut album is generally thought to be their best, after which each subsequent release found diminishing critical favour, though their first five all contain something worth hearing. They seem to have been in a state of constant flux. This album includes the superb 'Dino's Song', written by singer Dino Valenti, who was absent from recordings as he'd been busted. He returned for later albums. Crucial to the success of 'QMS', however, was the presence of twin lead guitarists John Cipollina and Gary Duncan. They display a similar rapport on the magnificent instrumental, 'Gold And Silver', to that enjoyed by Ted Turner and Andy Powell on Wishbone Ash's classic 'Argus'. This track seems to take its initial inspiration from an unlikely source, Dave Brubeck's jazz hit 'Take Five'.

The longest track, 'The Fool', is less accessible but repays repeated listening. It doesn't rely as much on the fluid lead guitar lines of previous tracks and it comes as a surprise when a vocal bursts in after six minutes. The remaining songs are great covers of 'Pride Of Man' and the funkier 'Too Long' and an impressive original 'Light Your Windows'. The album only stretches to just over half an hour but is first rate throughout.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. Hagendoorn on 2 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I always believed Happy Trails was the only lp/cd to own by the Quicksilver Messenger Service. Partly because of the boring later albums.
Quicksilver Messenger Service is simply a great debut though. I don't really understand why it was critizised at first. The songs are fine, the playing is terrific. Although the guitarplaying is not as spectacular as on Happy Trails (maybe that's why), it's all excellent. The only lesser song is The Fool but that also features some great jamming by the band.
Quicksilver Messenger Service is not to be overlooked. You should own the 1st TWO albums by this band.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Coley Kev on 30 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is indeed a great album and a bit of a lost classic from the West Coast 60s scene, but I feel I should just put a polite correction concerning the reviewer claiming this never had a mono release; It did, and I know because I'm looking at my mono LP. The original release did come out on EMI/Capitol in stereo, cat no. ST 2904, as advertised on my mono copy. The mono version has the cat no. T 2904, so please enjoy this re-mastered mono CD without fear of somebody somewhere having messed up during the mastering.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Doug on 10 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
For some reason QMS never had the kind of success in UK enjoyed by the Doors and the Airplane nor seemed to attract the kind of cult following of Love or the Dead. However this is one of those albums of that era that should not be missed. If you appreciate great guitar playing - pretty much as described by other reviewers - then you will enjoy this. And . . . if you like this you'll like "Happy Trails" where their extended version of "Who do you Love?" is another classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Callie on 23 Jun. 2002
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This is a brilliant debut album by QMS.The album opens with the single "Pride of Man",followed by two up tempo numbers,"Light your windows" and "Dino's song" written by the late,great Dino Valenti.QMS would have been an even stronger band with Dino on board!My favourite track is "Gold and silver" which is a lovely melodic instrumental with great guitar interplay between Cipollina and Gary Duncan."It's been too long" is another nice,happy song and the album finishes with the track "The fool" which has some good violin playing by David Freiberg,the lyrics are a bit hippy trippy,but afterall it was the '60s
After the brilliant "Happy trails" the band lost some of it's magic,so check out the debut it will brighten up your life!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. BROWNE on 5 Dec. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I can agree with most of what Jingles from Sunderland says in his review above but, he is wrong with the vocalists.
Dino Valente wasn't in the band for the first three albums, as he was in prison for a drugs bust. I think he was arrested the night before the recording of this the first album.
The lead singer on most of the tracks is bassist David Freiberg, and the other vocalist is guitarist Gary Duncan.
However, what Jingles is right about is the quality of this recording. It may sound a little dated in places, but when Cipollina and Duncan open up - look out!
If you know nothing of this band, get 'Happy Trails' too. My friends and I listened to nothing else for quite a few years on its initial release.
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